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Above and Beyond (Duty #2)

4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,352 Ratings  ·  137 Reviews

Now that Savannah has her daughter, Caroline, back after a frightening abduction, life seems calmer. But that serenity comes to an abrupt end when twenty-year-old Rosemary Allen pleads for Savannah's help after running away from her dangerously controlling father. But her father isn't just anyonehe's Mario Ferrante, the criminal mastermind who oversaw Caroline's kidnapping

Paperback, 251 pages
Published October 28th 2008 by Covenant Communications
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Nov 18, 2008 Darla rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Heather, Teri
(Genre: LDS fiction/romance/suspense) This is the second book in Betsy Brannon Green's Duty series and it is just as fun as the first one. Lots of tension between the 2 main characters (Savannah and Dane) and the underlying mystery of why a mafia boss is trying to grab Savannah and/or her daughter. This is a 3 part series and book 3 is due out next Spring, so if you can't stand to be left hanging, you may want to wait until then to read this. It definitely has a cliff hanger ending.
I have really
Tim Gordon
Jan 21, 2015 Tim Gordon rated it liked it
This book as a bit of sequelitis. It's a bit too common, where an author has a great idea for book 1, planning on continuing it on to book 2, but not really having a plan for book 2.

So what did we get here? About a third of the book (or more, probably) is about Savannah pining after Major Dane. It was a bit sappy at times, but what really bothered me was the desperation. I mean, I get it, she loves him and wants to be with him. I don't have a problem with that. But to feel depressing heartbreak
Now that Savannah has her daughter, Caroline, back after a frightening abduction, life seems calmer. But that serenity comes to an abrupt end when twenty-year-old Rosemary Allen pleads for Savannah's help after running away from her dangerously controlling father. But her father isn't just anyonehe's Mario Ferrante, the criminal mastermind who oversaw Caroline's kidnapping. Rosemary and her husband had planned to escape from Ferrante's house together, but the plan was foiled and Rosemary had to ...more
Nov 02, 2008 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
fabulous book. I couldn't put it down and stayed up till 3am. this is the sequel to hazardous duty so read it first. Savannah is still trying to keep safe from the mafia boss and finds his pregnant daughter waiting for her when she returns to her home on the army base her lastest places to hide. She has been successful in keeping her daughter from being kidnapped for the time being, but wants to help rosemary to get her husband back from her father. the only person for the job is Major Dane and ...more
Aug 27, 2015 Stacy rated it liked it
I like Dane. That's why I keep reading. Not sure I want him to end up with savannah. She comes across as a teenage girl with an infatuation that borders on stalking. And the narrator makes it seem like that's ok. The action plot of the story is so buried under it all that it's hard for me to remember a whole lot of what happened. I don't think that's a great thing.
Sep 05, 2010 Jane rated it it was ok
Savannah bugged me like crazy in this book. She drags the team into taking this case, then spends her whole time worrying that they may or may not like her.

This scene is indicative of what drove me crazy: Savannah is up on the mountain, dropping off her daughter in the custody of her in-laws. There comes a moment where she thinks she has been ditched by Dane and she gets very emotional and angry until he reappears. Then they both go to leave and she decides she doesn't want to go and leave her d
Aug 11, 2009 Casey rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I was disappointed. I enjoyed the first book in the series, but found that I was mostly annoyed as I read Above and Beyond. It was mostly a repeat of things that happened in the first book. The same people are still in trouble and Dane and Savannah still haven't worked things out. I was also annoyed with the two main characters. In the first book I liked Savannah, but in Above and Beyond she's just annoyingly pushy and whiny. And Dane's no better. I'm tired of his flip flopping. He says he doesn ...more
Mar 09, 2009 Heather rated it liked it
As a sequel to Hazardous Duty, I felt this book was basically a repeat since nothing was resolved between Dane and Savannah, and Caroline was in danger yet again, and the mob-guy continued to be a threat. I don't remember Savannah being such a whiney and demanding character in the first book, so I was surprised in this book that I found myself siding with Dane and his aloofness because I felt the same way. Also, Dane's character wasn't consistent because one second he was teasing, the other he w ...more
Nov 07, 2008 April rated it liked it
Shelves: lds-fiction
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Mar 05, 2009 Scribs rated it liked it
The last book ended on a cliffhanger, so I borrowed this one and I wasn't dissapointed. The main character, a single mom, enlists the help of a former fiance and army Major. In the first book, the two work together to get back her kidnapped daughter. In this one, they help out a mob boss's daughter. I like the fact that you never know the whole story, so in the end, there are always a couple surprises. At the very end of this book, there is a huge cliffhanger. Great writing tool to keep me comin ...more
Jan 19, 2010 Holly rated it liked it
Definitely not as good as the first one. Characters are still good, but the plot was really convoluted and felt very contrived. It felt like it should have ended about 40 pages before it did, and then the ending was actually annoying. I don't mind cliff-hanger endings--and in fact I think they're often a good idea and fun. Not here. The whole last two chapters felt like a complete set up for just that last sentence. I kind of felt cheated.

However, I will continue with the next book, because I ha
Kim Dennis
Nov 10, 2014 Kim Dennis rated it liked it
Shelves: read-fiction
I have to say I didn't like this book nearly as well as the first one. I was actually wavering between a 3 and a 4. I have SERIOUS issues with dumb heroines. During parts of it, this girl was acting more like a desperate, immature, lovesick teenager than an adult woman. I was not impressed. Initially I went with 4 stars on this one. It had its issues, but I still really enjoyed it. However, after reading the 3rd book in the series, I had to change it to 3. I liked that one better than this one, ...more
Dec 29, 2008 Julie rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one and the twists and turns that took place throughout, but especially in New Orleans. I loved some of the surprises there! However, I was able to see the "bad guy" coming this time around. And it is another cliff-hanger, so that was a little hard since there isn't that feeling of closure that I like to have. There were also a few typos that jumped out at me, like using "peddled" instead of "pedaled" and "jealously" instead of "jealousy" but overall it was well-edited. As ...more
Sep 26, 2015 Kara rated it liked it
Too similar to Edward and Bella's story...
Nov 19, 2008 Becky rated it liked it
This book wasnt' as good as the first, interesting story, but the first seemed to drag and the "heroine" seemed a bit whiny to me... I mean stop going on about your lost, unrequited love already. Also, the authors use of the phrase "the child" when referring to Caroline is totally overused and got old really fast, she's done this is a few other books and it drives me crazy every time. Admittedly I had a bit of a hard time because I can't remember some elements of the first book so I couldn't rec ...more
Amber Lund
Savannah's just annoying and Dane needs to get over himself
May 20, 2012 Geokowgurl rated it it was amazing
I loved this book as well as the first one in this series! Betsy Brannon Green added just enough "clean" romance to make you go "awe, how sweet!", enough suspense to keep you reading way past bedtime, and enough mystery to make you think you know exactly what the ending will be like (of course it doesn't turn out like you think it will!). I love this author and can't wait to read the next book in this series! If you haven't read Green before, this is a great series to start with. It will leave y ...more
Nov 08, 2009 Duncanhome rated it liked it
I liked it ok, but not as much as other books the author has written. I prefer the Haggerty characters. I almost gave this two stars, but decided to give three because of a couple of interesting surprises. It is kind of a "bridge" book between the first and the third books of the series. Sometimes I found the characters a little annoying, but I will read the third to see how this all comes together. If the third book is really good, then this will be worth the read.
Sep 19, 2010 Carol rated it really liked it
This is the second book of a 3 book series (1st is Hazardous Duty). A covert opts team is asked to extract the husband of a pregnant girl who asks Savannah for help. The problem the husband works for arch enemy Mario Ferrante and to make matters worse the girl is his daughter. Everything that can go wrong goes wrong with the operation. The only good thing is Savannah makes progress in her quest to get Major Dane to love her. The epilogue has a real twist!
Mar 07, 2014 Terri rated it it was ok
Shelves: listened-to
Good to listen to while doing a mindless task and to fill the time. Also worth continuing the story that was begun in the first book although it ends with a very annoying cliffhanger . . . Really don't like books that "end" that way!
Kiley McCann
May 09, 2013 Kiley McCann rated it it was amazing
This second book to "Hazardous Duty" is absolutely amazing. I loved reading this book, and since I was already hooked on the first book, I had no problem getting into this book as well. The transition to one book to the other was very smooth, and I felt that I hadn't missed anything in the story. I would recommend this book to any gender as well and doesn't matter the age. This story has a lot of action and kind of mysterious as well.
Feb 17, 2012 Patricia rated it liked it
In book one, the dynamic between Major Dane and Savannah was not so grating as it was in book 2, where it irritated me that she put up with so much garbage from Dane and was so needy and goo-goo-eyed and it bothered me that Dane was consistently so rude and grouchy. That shtick went on too long for me in
book 2. Otherwise, the story was OK, and am currently reading book 3. This book would be about 2-1/2 stars (rounded to three).
Nov 17, 2008 Maile rated it really liked it
I loved this book. I have been a fan of Green's for quite some time. I was given this book for my birthday (thanks kids) and proceeded to ignore just about everything. Fast-paced, kept my attention the whole way through. And the ending!!! I immediately got online to see when the next ones comes out. To think I have to wait until March! ARGH! Wonderful story with fun characters that you feel right at home with. Way to go!
Oct 13, 2008 Julie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, lds-books
I love Dane and Savannah, and Betsy incredible sparring ... It is almost like my brother and I would do to see who could come up with one better line. I love the twist on the mysteries and of course the love scene. yes I admit it and so will my husband i am a die hard romantic. These series would make a great movie. I could see Russel Crow as Dane, Kate Winslet as Savannh and Leonardo de caprio as Wes. COOL HUH
Jul 26, 2009 Michelle rated it liked it
Wasn't as good as the 1st book in the series, but still I liked it. Good mystery.. easy read and a clean book. No bad language. However, It took me a while to read because I had other books that I was reading at the same time that were a lot more captivating. The main female character starting to wear on me a bit by the end of the book.. she was a bit of a sappy character.
Sep 18, 2009 Rachel rated it liked it
I've found that a lot of mormon fiction is either really chessy, very predictable or the writing is not great. However, Betsy Brannon Green is the exception. I really like her stuff. This book was good, a fun easy read. Interesting but won't keep you up at night thinking about it. So, if you are looking for a good, easy series with good characters and plot, this is one for you!
Dec 10, 2008 Anita rated it liked it
While I enjoyed reading this book, it was not as fun as its prequel. I felt like there were a few holes in the plot, and that the author was just setting the stage for the next book in the series. Which, the cliff hanger ending on this novel leaves the reader hoping it comes out soon. I think I will reread the first two novels before the third book so that everything is clear.
Oct 07, 2009 Bre rated it it was ok
After reading Hazardous Duty, I was kind-of disappointed in Above and Beyond. It lacks the chemistry Savannah and Dane shared together in the first book; in fact Savannah is annoying and seems really desperate. The story in general is slow and there isn't much action until the last couple chapters. However, Green does redeem herself by the shocking, twist ending!
Jennifer Davis
Jan 07, 2009 Jennifer Davis rated it it was amazing
This book was extremly good. It dosen't have as many intiquite plans and suprises but it is still as enjoyable. You can't help but love the characters and what they acomplish together. It ties up some loose ends but leaves plenty open for a third book which I hope comes out sooner than later. Even though it is easily written, you get involved quickly.
Katie W
Nov 07, 2008 Katie W rated it really liked it
I really liked this second book in the series. But...Savannah (the main character) really bothered me. She came across as selfish and immature. She has a daughter, but seemed more interested in throwing herself into the line of danger, just to be with the man she loves. All that aside, it was still a good, suspenseful (with a dash of some romance) book.
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